Principia College Nike Volleyball Camp Elsah, Illinois
Join Coach Sprague at Principia College this summer for outstanding volleyball training.
Principia College offers three sessions for campers to choose from or attend the back-to-back sessions for more training.
All Skills/High Intensity Training Camp
All Skills: This program is open to players of all ability levels. Here you’ll master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain game play experience. Every aspect of the game is covered, giving you a solid skill foundation to build upon after camp.
High Intensity Training Camp: This camp is recommended for high school varsity (entering sophomore, junior or senior year) and club players with a commitment to the sport and the ability and motivation to play in college. This intense, challenging program will stress position play, advanced team techniques and match play.
This programs is designed for players who want to specialize in the Setter, Hitter, or Libero (Defensive Specialist) positions.
Beach volleyball was added by the NCAA at the collegiate level in 2012 as a result of the sport's growing popularity. This program shows campers the ropes of beach volleyball by playing on smaller courts and seeing firsthand how intense it is to play doubles. Sand players train to become well rounded in all areas of the game.
- Training under the country’s best coaches
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- Six hours of daily instruction
- Coach to camper ratio is 1:10
- Players grouped by age and ability level
- Personal evaluations from your coach
- Nike Volleyball camp T-shirt
Mary Ann Sprague
Mary Ann Sprague has been the head Principia's head volleyball coach since 1999.
As a student at Principia College she was a strong competitor in volleyball, swimming, and track and field and was the recipient of the Howard L. Mitchell Athletic Award her senior year. She has coached volleyball at the Division I, II, Junior College, Club, and high school levels.
Sprague has been a coach and personal trainer for volleyball players for 26 years and currently holds the highest certification granted by the volleyball coaches' accrediting program. Sprague has received three SLIAC Coach of the Year awards. Sprague has been the head coach for the Southern Heat 17s Club team since 2008.Read Full Bio
Mary Ann has put Principia College on the map with a variety of high quality youth volleyball training programs she runs. She and her college players have coached over 300 local youth since 2008, including programs for kids as young as 2nd grade all the way to her Elite Team Competition Camp for regional high school teams.
Sprague is also Principia's associate athletic director, directing the Sports Information department and the Graduate Assistant program.
Heather Fairbanks came back to Principia College to fill the Sports Information Director position after teaching and coaching in various sports, since graduating from Principia College in 2005. Fairbanks was a graduate assistant for head volleyball coach Mary Ann Sprague for two seasons after graduating, and also helped develop and run a volleyball club in St. Louis during that time. Later, Fairbanks went to Edmond, Oklahoma and taught middle school math and coached volleyball and track at the middle school level and also coached club volleyball for various age groups.
2014 CAMP INFORMATION
The NIKE Volleyball camp at Principia College provides campers with top quality instruction plus:
Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
Extended Day campers (9am-9pm - except on ﬁrst and last day): Lunch and dinner are provided.
24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Volleyball Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Volleyballs: Molten Volleyballs may be purchased when you register for camp for an additional $15. Volleyballs must be paid for at the time of registration. Campers do not need to bring a ball to camp and purchasing one is optional.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Session I: Check in: between 12:30pm-2:00pm on July 20th
Check out: Graduation is at 11:00am on July 23rd
Session II: Check in: between 12:30pm-2:00pm on July 23rd
Check out: Graduation is at 5:00pm on July 25th
Session III: Check in: between 5:30pm-6:00pm on July 25th
Check out: Graduation is at 5:00pm on July 26th
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Volleyball shoes, knee pads and a water bottle
Facility: Hay Field House
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms: On each Floor
Linens: Not provided. Please bring own linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase and a towel
Air Conditioning: YES!
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: Athletic trainers are on-site and a hospital nearby
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 Wake-up, shower
- 7:45 Breakfast
- 9:00 Stretching/conditioning
- 9:15 Practice: pass/set/hit drills
- 10:30 Defense and serving drills
- 12:00 Lunch, rest
- 1:30 Spiking demonstration
- 1:45 Review: pass/set/serve
- 2:30 Practice: emergency recovery
- 4:30 Free time, rest
- 5:30 Dinner
- 6:30 Practice: games/scrimmages
- 9:00 Films/video highlights
- 10:00 Campers to rooms
- 10:30 Lights out
Team Discount: If eight or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $30 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount. Discount does not apply to team only campsRead camper reviews